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Most of Grounded Swiss A220 Fleet Resumes Flying after Checks

Switzerland's main airline said that it expected more than half its fleet of Airbus A220s to resume flying on Wednesday after checks proved their engines were in "perfect condition."

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Polish Court Jails Couple in 200-Million-Euro Ponzi Scheme

A Polish court on Wednesday jailed a married couple who swindled 18,000 clients out of a total of 200 million euros ($225 million) in a massive Ponzi scheme.

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Turkey's Erdogan Rules Out Talks with Syrian Kurdish Forces

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday firmly ruled out any negotiations with Kurdish militants in Syria, saying their only option was to lay down arms and retreat.

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Syria Troops Fight Turkish Forces alongside Kurds

The Syrian army deployed alongside Kurdish forces on the front line in northern Syria Wednesday but their newfound cooperation saw no let-up in the week-old Turkish invasion, a monitor said.

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Kuwaiti Emir Returns Home after Medical Tests in US

Kuwait's ruler Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah returned home Wednesday after undergoing medical tests in the United States, according to the official KUNA news agency.

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Iran President's Brother Starts 5-Year Jail Term

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's brother entered prison Wednesday to begin a five-year sentence after he was convicted of corruption, the semi-official ISNA news agency reported, citing his lawyer.

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Turkey Detains Nearly 200 for Opposing Syria Operation

Turkish police have detained nearly 200 people over their social media posts against its military offensive in Syria since the operation began last week, state news agency Anadolu said Wednesday.

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Qatar Rules Out War between US and Iran

Qatar's defence minister ruled out Wednesday the possibility of a war between the United States and Iran amid rising tensions in the Gulf following attacks on oil tankers.

Doha is an ally of Washington, but also has good relations with Tehran that has helped it overcome a political and economic boycott by Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies over accusations the tiny kingdom backs the Islamic republic and extremists.

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Three Killed, Dozens Children Wounded in Taliban Truck Blast

At least three people were killed and about 20 children wounded when a Taliban truck bomb detonated near a rural police station and partially destroyed a nearby religious school, Afghan officials said.

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Spain Police Arrest 51 People during Catalan Protests

Police in Spain said Wednesday they arrested 51 people across Catalonia overnight after violent protests over the jailing of nine separatist leaders for their role in a failed 2017 independence bid.

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